Michael A. Taylor
Academic Director, CMRI

Ph.D., The Ohio State University
M.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
B.A., University of Connecticut

Michael is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs at Seton Hall University, where he was also the founding director of the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Program.  He has served as chair of the University Sustainability Committee, and has been a member of the University Strategic Planning Committee, Faculty Senate, Center for Community Research and Engagement, and the Teaching and Learning Technology Roundtable.  He teaches courses in research methodology, environmental economics, and public policy, with an emphasis on experiential learning and community-based research pedagogy.   Taylor has pioneered innovative uses of smartphones within higher education curriculum, with a primary focus on content creation and collaboration.  Projects include the use of smartphones for digital storytelling, mapping, data collection, augmented reality, and mGaming as well as just-in-time and distance learning experiences.  Michael has been a presenter and plenary speaker on mLearning approaches at numerous national educational technology conferences.

Prior to his work at Seton Hall University, Taylor was a Joseph L. Fisher Dissertation Fellow at Resources for the Future, and a  National Academy of Sciences – National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  His research has focused on the use of incentive-based mechanisms to control water pollution under poor and asymmetric information conditions.  The findings of this research have been published in environmental policy, economics, political science, and public affairs journals.  More recently, Michael has begun exploring the use of smartphones to improve water quality data collection, and the use of sensor networks to crowdsource environmental quality data from the general public.  Taylor also conducts research on the impact of mobile technology on society.  Taylor has consulted with NGO’s, businesses, and government agencies on the use of mobile technologies for mHealth and environmental field work, and has experience with Symbian, Windows Phone, iOs, Android, and Maemo/Meego operating systems.


David W. Middleton
Executive Director, CMRI
AVP, Finance & Technology

David W. Middleton is the Executive Director of the Center for Mobile Research and Innovation (CMRI) and Assistant Vice President for Finance and Technology at Seton Hall University.  As AVP, Middleton is responsible for developing and managing strategic initiatives for both the Division of Finance & Technology, and the greater university community. In this capacity, he is responsible for launching the University’s mobile technology initiative SHUmobile, as well as founding the CMRI with Dr. Michael Taylor.  Middleton has worked closely with leading technology companies including Microsoft, AT&T, Nokia, and Blackboard as well as with NGOs and government agencies developing mobile strategic plans and strategies.  Middleton’s mobile experience includes designing and developing Near Field Communication (NFC) applications and implementations, deploying QR code systems and designing and developing Location Based Services (LBS) and Augmented Reality (AR), among other technologies, for use on Seton Hall University’s campus.  With extensive experience using Symbian, Maemo/MeeGo, Blackberry OS, Windows Phone OS, Android, iOS and HTML 5, Middleton has fostered and promoted a mobile vision that is “platform agnostic” and all inclusive.

Middleton joined Seton Hall University’s Teaching, Learning and Technology Center in November 2001 as an Instructional Designer, and over the course of the next few years, held the positions of Sr. Instructional Designer and Associate Director of the TLT Center. Prior to coming to Seton Hall University, Middleton worked at Columbia University’s Center for New Media Teaching & Learning (CCNMTL), and at St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, NJ. Middleton has served on the Seton Hall University Teaching, Learning and Technology Roundtable Steering Committee, the University Strategic Planning Steering Committee among others, and has served as an Adjunct Faculty member in both the College of Education and Human Services and the College of Arts and Sciences at Seton Hall University. Middleton, a member of the Frye Leadership Institute Class of 2008,  is currently pursuing the PhD. in Higher Education Administration at Seton Hall researching mLearning.